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B.C.’s South Coast could see snowfall in some parts starting Tuesday morning

Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga takes a look at the weather Tuesday where parts of the South Coast could see the first snowfall of 2019.

Parts of B.C.’s South Coast are very likely to see some snow Tuesday:

  • Vancouver Island – Inland sections including Port Alberni and along the east coast, mainly north of Victoria.
  • Howe Sound – Upper levels of the North Shore from West Vancouver all the way up to Whistler.
  • Sunshine Coast

Snow is now moving across Vancouver Island and is expected to get heavier.

Snowfall amounts could be as high as 29 centimetres in Port Alberni and 22 centimetres in Squamish, but those are worst-case-scenario numbers.

The approaching Pacific frontal system will spread snow over Howe Sound and the Sea to Sky Highway from Squamish to Whistler by late morning and afternoon.

The snow will change to rain on Wednesday.

Possible snow forecast for Tuesday, Jan 8th 2019
Possible snow forecast for Tuesday, Jan 8th 2019 Global BC

WATCH: (Aired Jan. 7, 2019) Certain parts of B.C.’s South Coast could see snowfall, with nearly 30 centimetres falling on Port Alberni. But that’s a worst-case-scenario forecast.

B.C.’s South Coast could see snowfall on Tuesday
B.C.’s South Coast could see snowfall on Tuesday
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The Sea to Sky Highway will also be windy and could be a mess with whiteout conditions.

A wind warning has been issued for this area.

Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound could see snow as early as 7:00 A.M.
Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound could see snow as early as 7:00 A.M. Global BC

As for the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, there’s lots of uncertainly whether residents will see snow or sleet.

It is most likely going to be just a rain event that will see most of the moisture push in around 12 p.m. Tuesday.

Possible snowfall amounts for the Lower Mainland for Jan 8th, 2019
Possible snowfall amounts for the Lower Mainland for Jan 8th, 2019 Global BC

There is a chance, however, that some areas could see the moisture sooner and, therefore, some snow, wet snow or sleet is possible as early as 10 a.m.

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Snowfall amounts will likely be minimal if people see any at all.

Of course, higher elevation areas such as Simon Fraser University have the best chance of seeing snowfall pile up on the ground.

Metro Vancouver Forecast for Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2019
Metro Vancouver Forecast for Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2019 Global BC

Environment Canada has issued Special Weather Statements for a number of regions including Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, Greater Victoria and the Sunshine Coast.

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